Tomorrow is the deadline for an RFP by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) to develop an approximately $100,000 Web-based education campaign for marine debris awareness and prevention.
The agency, which would not name firms, said the RFP went to PR firms and consultancies.
Objectives of the campaign include raising general awareness about the impact of marine debris on living marine resources, tourism and maritime activities, and persuading commercial and recreational fishers, corporations, and others to reduce the amount of debris they create.
The contract winner will collect and update existing educational materials – both print and video – as well develop new materials for educators, commercial and recreational fishers, and the public at large.
Holly Bamford, program manager for NOAA’s marine debris program, said that NOAA wants to invigorate its existing marine debris program. Besides programs on marine debris, the agency’s communications team also does fisheries education, lightning and riptide public safety, and marine science curriculum development.
The agency is seeking to improve its Website, use video clips of marine debris from such locations as Puget Sound and the northwest Hawaiian Islands to produce educational videos. The agency said it could take two months to choose a firm.